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    Cataloging my quilting library

    I have recently moved my quilting things into a 2 bedroom apartment that is attached to the house. I've had to go through all my stuff: books, patterns, fabric, accuquilt dies, etc. I found 4 patterns that I had purchased twice but so far no duplicate books.

    I'm using thelibrarything.com to make a list of the books. The first 200 are free and so far I'm up to 90 titles. This is very easy because you only have to type the title of the book. Go to the site and then click on "add book". Put in a tag such as applique, or color theory...what ever the book is about, then click on Search. You will get a list of books with that name with all the number of pages, the ISBN number, etc. Just click on that title and it goes into your list. It also tells you how many other members of the library thing have that title.

    Now I just need to organize them on the shelf so I can find them. I hope this helps others. I mentioned this to someone else who was having trouble with it. I'm on Windows 7 with Internet Explorer.

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    oh, good to know. does it run on android platform?

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    Thanks! Was just working on an excel spreadsheet to try and get a handle on ALL my stuff!! With your post I may be able to get the job done without botching up a spreadsheet.

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    I have no idea if it runs on android. I think there is a little part on the first page that explains it. I was 16 years old the first time I heard the word computer, so it is like a second language. All I can say is try it.
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    I believe this is the correct link: https://www.librarything.com/

    Thanks for this information.
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    cool for so many avid readers.

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    Quite a number of years ago, I cataloged my books on Excel. I can sort them by title, author or description. I also sort my books on the shelf in alphabetical order. I have found this immensely helpful.

    I wish they had thelibrarything.com when I started. That would have been really helpful.

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    This looks great. I think I will probably join.

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    I've never heard of that. I'll take a look, too. Thanks!

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    Thanks for the information, it might be a good thing to start before I get too much of a library collection.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    Thanks for the info! Signed up and will start cataloging my quilting library tomorrow!
    Linda
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    Thank you for advising us on this remarkable software. I elected the desktop download version at $24.95 after using the five dollar coupon code. I started adding some magazines and books right away. It is tempting to add a few volumes daily as I take a break from the regular routine. Again, thank you for sharing as I am so pleased with the collectorz.com product.

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    I've been keeping an Excel spreadsheet of my quilting books. The problem is remembering to keep it updated. Now there are so many, it's hard to find the one I want. Keeping by author name wouldn't completely solve the problem, because I can't always remember the author, or even the title.

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    Thank you for the information on these.

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    Hi Battle Axe,
    I finally got to the website. I kept putting on THE. I should have used library thing through google.
    I'll get to your books really soon.
    Never put off what you can do today, because tomorrow may never come.

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    I wonder if my quilt guild would like to use this for our library.

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    Does anybody know of an easy program to manage your machine embroidery patterns? I'll start looking and by the time I find my pattern I'm out of the mood or distracted.

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    I also have a lot of sewing patterns and embroidery floss that i would like to track. Does anyone have an app to track it all?

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    Thanks for the website. I tried several years ago to catalog my books in an Excel spreadsheet - it didn't work out to well.
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    now we just need (site name deleted) where we can identify and sort our fabric stash. Incidentally there really is a site with that name, but it doesn't help me sort my stash. It just adds to my stash!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I've been keeping an Excel spreadsheet of my quilting books. The problem is remembering to keep it updated. Now there are so many, it's hard to find the one I want. Keeping by author name wouldn't completely solve the problem, because I can't always remember the author, or even the title.
    Try subject (scrappy, paper-pieced then title alphabetically)

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    I also did an Excel spreadsheet to catalog my Mom's (now mine) and my quilting magazines. That was one of the first things I did when I retired. Got all those puppies entered by magazine, by year, by month, by pattern and even put comments in there about whether or not I liked it, colors, etc. So happy I had it...used it a few times when someone needed a pattern or when someone mentioned a nice pattern. Yup....I could just look it up and determine whether I had it, where it was, etc. Wonderful.........until I got a virus that encrypted all my documents! Well, we all know NOT to call the number and NOT to pay any money to get things unlocked. I just set my computer back to the previous week's date ...The virus was gone, but the files were toast. But, I'm tenacious.......I will start entering those puppies again.....maybe this time, starting with the most recent year and then going back into history. Good thing none of my documents were "life or death" documents.....so it is easy to recreate. But, everyone who is cataloging their quilt library.......it's a good use of your time and you will be happy you've done it.

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    Goodreads is another option. It's free to use and available on several app platforms. You can automatically input your books from Amazon or scan them instead. They were purchased by Amazon three years ago and this provides great assurance that the site will not be discontinued.

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